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Bookworm Wood

By Miss Tansley, English Lead 

A love of reading has been something that Orton Wistow Primary School has been imbuing in children for many years, together with a project of the same name - 'Love of Reading' - that priorities raising pupil engagement in reading. 

We are lucky enough to have a wonderful library, that each year has a new influx of books supplied to it, thanks to the Friends of Orton Wistow and their fundraising efforts. This year, however, we have been able to take our efforts to foster a love of reading to a new level! 

Despite current restrictions due to the global pandemic that we are all experiencing, work has continued behind the scenes to complete a wonderful, new outdoor storytelling and reading area, for all the school to enjoy, which is aptly entitled 'Bookworm Wood'. 

This project was completed over the summer holidays and finalised this month.  It contains seating and outdoor planting, and includes a name plaque, which hangs in pride of place at the entrance to 'Bookworm Wood'.

'Bookworm Wood' can be accessed by pupils during their lessons with the class teacher, or used as a social space, for quiet reading, writing and discussion at break and lunchtimes for the older pupils, as it sits alongside the Year Five and Six playground.

We have been extremely excited watching this project develop and have a school full of excited children, ready to put it to good use!

Click here here to see Bookworm Wood featured in the Peterborough Telegraph.